The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Wave Washed Deck: Flooded Stoke-hole
Globe (Toronto, ON), 11 Nov 1913, p. 2

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Wave Washed Deck: Flooded Stoke-hole
Passengers on Lake Boat Have a Rough Experience

Passengers on the R & O. boat Mojeska [sic: Modjeska] experienced one of the roughest passages across the lake this season yesterday.

The boat left Niagara-on-the-Lake shortly after 11 o'clock, struck heavy seas, which grew higher as the steamer forged its way towards Toronto. At times it looked as though the breakers would do considerable damage to the saloons on the upper deck. Huge breakers swept over the bulwarks and along the decks, making it extremely dangerous for the more venturesome of the passengers who promenaded the main deck. By the time the boat had accomplished half its journey the seas were running as high as the bridge, one of them broke over the boat deck and flooded down the air-shafts, filling the stokehole with water, and drenching the stokers. Practically everybody aboard suffered from seasickness, and it was a sorrowful-looking set of "sea voyagers" who landed at Yonge street wharf at 1:30. Many of the crew declared that their experiences were the worst on record.

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11 Nov 1913
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    Latitude: 43.4535886202457 Longitude: -79.2953255078125
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Wave Washed Deck: Flooded Stoke-hole